At an UFO Conference in San Jose, CA a few years ago, I had a conversation with Springer, John Lear, and other ATS Amigos (and quite a few other
ATS-hangers-on") specifically about this idea.
The ATS Booth at the conference was a big hit, with interviews, photo sessions, and all sorts of activities and there was some excited chatter about
the potential for ATS to put on their own conference.
Although some great ideas were shared, I don't think a consensus about doing our own emerged, other than perhaps keeping it under consideration and
perhaps implement a plan for sometime in the future.
I got the feeling that most of those I talked to about this preferred, for the time being at least, to "piggy-back" off of UFO-themed events hosted
by others rather than go through tremendous effort, energy, and expense to organize and produce a show of our own. Having done these kinds of events
for others I can assure you it is no easy task and requires a great deal of forethought, planning, and, "seed" money - even if you expect to recover
your costs through attendee registrations, sponsorships, and the like.
Another thought that carried some weight was that the Amigos in particular preferred to expand ATS participation and membership through the channels
already developed and under constant refinement and improvement - the forums, media tracks, on-line revenue generators, etc.
The ATS leadership will have to chime in here, I guess - they may have further developed this line of thinking since we last spoke of it and indeed be
planning events or activities we can only imagine. I hope so. They've done a great job building ATS into the top echelon of such network forums in
the world - so we shouldn't second guess them.
Nevertheless, I must agree with the premise of the OP: a face-to-face setting where we can meet and converse and exchange ideas is incredibly
appealing - and something that no amount of bandwidth and digital banter can ever replicate. Put it this way: John Lear was exponentially even more
fascinating in person than he was as expressed in his posts here on ATS - if you can believe it. Same goes for many others with whom I was able to
shake hands, swap a story or two, and clink a glass late into the night.
Of course this can go both ways: My opinion of Steven Greer changed irreversibly the other way - he sounded insincere and manipulative and, fair or
not, I have since come to know regard him as Steven "Greed
Something about looking into someones eyes when they tell you about a life-changing event. It makes a whole lot of difference if you get the
impression they don't actually believe their own story themselves or if you can't shake the idea that an ulterior motive is part of their
Still - long story short: I would love to see something like this materialize - but don't expect a huge turnout. ATS is a community of the world and
my guess is you would have far more members disappointed that they could not attend than those able to do so. WHERE would you hold such an event?
New York? California? London? Choose any one venue and you'll instantly relegate a majority to the shrugs: "maybe next time near my town, eh
In any event (no pun intended) the idea is a good one. Pulling it off is something else entirely...
[edit on 5/30/2010 by Outrageo]